5 Big Laundry Mistakes You Had No Idea You Were Doing

Doing the laundry is an essential part of daily life. When you do it right, you can keep your clothes clean and fresh, and preserve their quality for a long time.

However, there just as many mistakes you can make when cleaning your clothes, whether via handwashing or laundromat. Here are a few that you may not even know that you’re doing (until now):

1. Furiously rubbing stains

When given enough time to set, many stains can be difficult to remove with just rubbing them, and rubbing too fast can even make the stain worse or just ruin the fabric.

To get around this, try dabbing stains instead of rubbing them, and use a white cloth so that the colors won’t bleed into other fabrics. You will have a better chance of removing stains by being gentler towards your fabric.

2. Mixing socks with clothes

This is another common mistake that many people make, but while it’s easy enough to fish them out when you’re handwashing, you won’t always be able to find the other pair when you use a washing machine.

You can solve this problem by placing your dirty socks in the laundromat first before adding in the rest of your dirty clothes. This way, you’ll be able to find them more easily.

3. You leave dress shirts buttoned

While it’s true that zippers should be fastened when washing them, the same isn’t the case for dress shirts. In fact, when you do leave them buttoned when throwing them in the washing machine, you’ll only end up ripping them off their button-holes. 

To avoid this, be sure to pay attention to any buttoned shirts and unbutton them in advance.

4. Using too much detergent

Detergent is important for getting rid of stains, whether you’re washing them by hand or via washing machine. However, you shouldn’t use too much, since excess suds can get caught in certain areas and won’t always rinse off.

Instead, use only half the detergent you usually would, and slowly add more if you feel that you’re not getting the results that you want.

5. Pouring detergent directly on your clothes

Pouring the laundry detergent directly on clothes only means disaster for your fabrics, especially for your fancy dress shirts. When you’re using a washing machine, place the laundry first before adding in water, followed by a small amount of detergent.

If you’re washing by hand, add the water first before the detergent, and put the laundry last.

However, in the case of bleach, add the water first before the laundry, and follow it up with a small amount of bleach.

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